New Building Development Begins At Richmond House School
Richmond House School is delighted to announce a significant investment into the buildings and facilities for its youngest pupils.
15th May 2019 — Richmond House School is delighted to announce a significant investment into the buildings and facilities for its youngest pupils.
Over the Summer Holidays the school is preparing to demolish and rebuild the Early Years building, replacing it with a new, purpose-built Nursery School and two Reception classrooms. The building is designed to create the optimal learning environment for the younger children. This will include areas for quieter learning, space for messy play, and a cosy, age-appropriate library to encourage a love of reading. The design even includes separate welly storage for the children’s all-important outdoor learning lessons in the school’s yurt and 10 acres of fields.
Helen Stiles the Headteacher says “We are very excited about our new Early Years development. Whist the new building creates a more spacious learning environment, it does not increase the capacity of the school, as we want to maintain its warm, family feel. The increased, carefully designed space, will give our youngest children the best opportunities to learn, develop and play from the moment they join our school”.
This development will be completed for the start of the Autumn term and is the first of 3 phases of building development planned for the school.
Richmond House School is an independent primary school, situated in Far Headingley, North Leeds, only 3 miles from the city centre. The school boasts small class sizes, of a maximum of 18, with a 2- form entry, making it the optimum size to offer pupils a vast array of opportunities and friendships whilst small enough for each child to be known and valued as an individual. The school accepts children into the Nursery School from the term in which they turn 3.
Limited Nursery and Reception places are still available for September 2019, and the school is now taking applications for 2020. Visit www.rhschool.org for further details.
Richmond House School, celebrated Book Week with a variety of activities.
11th March 2019 — Last week was the annual World Book Day event for which many dress up as their favourite book characters. Richmond House School, the independent school for children aged 3-11 years in North Leeds decided to go a step further and have a whole week to promote a love of books and reading for pleasure.
Throughout the week, various quizzes and competitions were undertaken by children across the school. Staff were photographed hidden behind their favourite books and the children had to guess the teacher. The School Council also ran a competition to name a large cuddly teddy bear after a book character in aid of this term’s chosen charity – Candlelighters.
A book swap event took place on Wednesday, pupils from Nursery to Year 6 brought in a book to swap, the children were all delighted with their chosen new books. Pupils also brought in photographs of themselves “extreme reading”, i.e. reading in an unusual place. Some of the locations chosen were ingenious, and it was fantastic to see children reading outside of school.
All week pupils shared stories and read with other classes and year groups. Year 4 even wrote their own animal based stories which they shared with Year 1.
On Friday the school celebrated World Book Day and children and staff dressed up as an array of different book characters, there were numerous Harry Potters and Hermiones, lots of David Walliams characters and many princesses and superheroes.
Headteacher Helen Stiles said: “It always makes me smile when I see any of our children so engrossed in a book that they are oblivious to what is going on around them. It is not just the benefits to a child’s learning that makes reading so important, but to read a good book is one of life’s pleasures, Book Week is a great opportunity to promote and develop this and I do hope as our children grow older they take with them the gift of enjoyment of reading”.
Richmond House School Marks the Armistice Centenary
Richmond House School in Leeds installed eight life size soldier silhouettes in their fields as a tribute in the week running up to Remembrance Day. Every child in the school made a poppy to place at the feet of the soldiers during the ceremony.
12th November 2018 — Richmond House School, the independent school for children aged 3- 11 in Far Headingley, North Leeds commemorated the WW1 Centenary last week.
The school has installed eight life size soldier silhouettes on their school fields in the run up to Remembrance Sunday, which were their representation of the British Legion Silent Silhouettes national campaign.
On Friday morning, the school held a ceremony, each child took part in a silent procession out to the soldiers on the fields and placed a poppy they had made at the foot of each soldier. Watched by the parents, the ceremony was extremely moving and a mark of respect to those who were lost in the war.
Helen Stiles, Headteacher of Richmond House School said “We are very proud of our children this week, they have worked extremely hard making their poppies, writing poems and discussing family members who were involved in the war. The soldier silhouettes on the field with the poppies made by the children are a fitting tribute to the fallen. We also remembered the women who worked so hard during the war and all who were and still are affected by warfare. It is so very important that future generations do not forget the sacrifices that were made for them”.
Helen Stiles, Headteacher of Richmond House School, Leeds writes about how important outdoor space is to a child's education.
24th October 2018 — As I am sure with any new building development, discussions around what is essential or desirable are paramount, and the same is true at my school, as we finalise plans for a new Early Years building. Yet, whilst making sure classrooms and toilets are perfectly positioned, creating quieter work areas as well as noisy, creative play, it is the outside space that I think is increasingly important for all children as well as those in Early Years. The DfE states that outside provision for EYFS is essential, but with an increase in the number of children attending Nurseries, there is rising concern about the wide variation in provision of outside space, some of which can be inadequate. We hear statistics stating that over 1 in 5 children are overweight before they begin school, rising to 1 in 3 by the time they leave primary school. The recommended amount of physical activity is 60 minutes a day for young children, but with screen time on the increase for children when at home, with many under 5’s being able to use an iPad better than their parents, it is the responsibility of Nurseries and Schools to ensure young children are exposed to outside physical activity.
It is not just the health benefits of physical activity that are important, but being outside makes a significant impact on children’s emotional wellbeing and their ability to learn. Last week, I took a Music lesson with Year 1 children, and we went on a listening walk around our grounds, simply getting the children to stop, close their eyes and listen to all the sounds around them. Their concentration when back in the classroom improved as expected after being in the fresh air, but noticeably, the lesson became child led, with them enthusiastically describing what they had heard and talking about which instruments they could use to replicate these sounds. Taking children outside enables them to be more creative, asking questions about what they see and hear rather than seeking permission. Instead of following rules of a game, they create their own games and interact more with each other, which can only be of benefit to their social interaction development.
Most under 5’s are naturally very energetic and need to spend time outside, even if it is deemed to be “bad weather”. I am proud of the fact that the children at our school are happy to be outside in all weathers, at playtimes, (unless severe heavy rain), for sport and other lessons. I often see our Nursery and Reception children outside on mini-beast hunts, nature walks, or going to our Yurt for their outdoor lesson, wrapped up warm, with their wellies on if it’s cold and wet. Being welcomed at the Yurt by the warm fire, ready to make hot chocolate or popcorn makes it even more fun. We are so very fortunate at our school to have such extensive outside space for a primary school that enables us to enhance our curriculum. Simply walking across the fields to the outside area for their lesson gives the children the well needed fresh air, vitamin D and exercise they benefit from and teachers at our school are keen to incorporate our outside space when planning for all subjects.
So, while I deliberate over the internal plans for our new Early Years building, we need to bear in mind that it is not just a well-designed internal space that facilitates learning, the outdoor provision also enhances education. Therefore, space to store warm coats, hats and wellies is definitely an essential.
Richmond House School raises over £580 for Martin House Children's Hospice by hosting a 5K Family Fun Run.
11th April 2017 — Richmond House School in North Leeds has raised over £580 for Martin House Children’s Hospice by hosting a 5K Family Fun Run.
The fun run, which was held last Saturday, was open to everyone and took place on the school’s 10 acres of sports pitches. Over 130 runners took part, with even two and three year olds running in the 1K children’s race!
Headteacher Mrs Helen Stiles says: "Our chosen charity for this year is Martin House Children’s Hospice and we are very fortunate to have the space to be able to host an event like this. It was lovely to see so many families come along to raise money for such a great cause. Children enjoyed trying to race their parents and it was a great start to the weekend. The event went so well; it will definitely be an annual event in our calendar from now on!”
Martin House provides family-led care for children and young people across West, North and East Yorkshire with life-limiting conditions.
Richmond House School Has A "Spotacular" Children In Need
Richmond House School in North Leeds raises a superb amount of money for Children in Need.
26th January 2017 — Richmond House School, the leading independent preparatory school located in Far Headingley, Leeds had a great day of fundraising for Children In Need last Friday. The children and staff donated money to come in their own clothes – ideally with a spotty theme, and there were lots of activities going on throughout the day. Lower School took part in a jump-a-thon, which had to be moved inside due to the weather, but was still great fun while Upper School cozied down in the Gym to watch clips of Children In Need! Mrs Dean and her catering team made some fabulous Pudsey Bear buns which were on sale, and the “Name the Bear” competitions to win a giant teddy or a Build-a-Bear proved very popular. The total amount of money raised for Children In Need was just over £530.00!
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